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Breeders of brisket chickens in Morocco revealed the reasons for the significant increase in chicken prices in the national markets, considering that the monopoly of large companies on production and the absence of small and medium breeders caused this situation.
Breeders explained in a national symposium organized by the National Association of Broiler Breeders, on Friday evening in Tangier, that although large companies benefited from tax exemptions, prices rose in conjunction with the increase in the profits of those companies, noting that small breeders are affected.
Muhammad Abboud, head of the National Association of Broiler Breeders, said in a statement to Al-Omq newspaper that the high price of chicken is fabricated, explaining that the import of broiler broilers exceeded 4 million units, and the national production of broiler chicks exceeded 10 million.
The spokesman considered that the real problem is the absence of the small breeder, who incurred great losses, pointing out that the owners of the hatcheries reduced production without informing the breeders, which made the goods concentrated on them, and thus prices rose in the markets.
Abboud believes that the government’s measures did not produce any result, given that the major companies benefited from the revision of customs duties and the exemption from income tax for fodder, indicating that those companies accumulated profits as a result of these measures without a decrease in market prices.
The same source explained that the costs of small breeders per kilogram of chicken meat rose to 19 dirhams, while the costs of large companies remained low while selling them in the market at 25 dirhams per kilogram.
He stressed that the absence of the small breeder made the competition end and production remains the monopoly of the owners of incubators and large companies, calling for the exemption of meat chicken chicks and feed from customs duties and value-added tax, and the reproduction of small breeders.
For his part, Abdallah Avriad, first deputy national writer of the National Independent Agricultural Syndicate for the poultry sector in Morocco, revealed that the simple Moroccan consumer is affected by the rocketing and unprecedented prices of chicken in Moroccan markets, pointing out that the small breeder is out of context today.
And he considered that what is happening is that large companies are the only producers in the absence of small and medium breeders, and they earn large profits that exceed 10 dirhams per kilogram, stressing that the solution is state intervention so that small and medium breeders can resume their productive activity.
In a statement to Al-Amq newspaper, Afriad warned of “a coming crisis for medium breeders who decided to return to production through borrowing in order to buy broiler broilers at prices of 7.5 dirhams instead of 4 dirhams as before.”